Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
Most Dude Ranches don't do much cattle work-- if they do, it's pretty basic and generally the cattle will go where you want them to with or without the horse. The one I worked at had Team Penning where all the guests had to do was get three steers in the pen (we didn't use numbers, any three steers counted), and after the first week or two, the cattle learned that a few of them should break off and run into the pen, so the guests thought they were doing all the work, but really, once those cattle saw someone approaching on a horse, three steers would head for the pen.
If you want to do an actual working vacation, there are some out there but they tend to be on working ranches, not 'dude ranches' and cater to smaller groups of people with more horse experience. Look up 'real working ranch vacations' rather than dude ranches.
A lot of local clubs off 'introduction to cattle' seminars and clinics, so that is something to look into. Most are open to horses of all breeds and disciplines, and teach you the basics of introducing your horse to the cattle, tracking steers, and how to control how the steer moves with the horse's body placement.